Considering having a garden wedding? Decorating an outdoor space is a little different than sprucing up an event hall or ballroom, so you may be on the hunt for some inspo. From stationery covered in beautiful blooms to flowery desserts to wildlife inspired decor, here are few of our favourite ways to weave the garden wedding theme into all aspects of your celebration.
Here are a few awesome garden wedding ideas.
Garden wedding venue
One of the first wedding-related tasks you’ll need to tackle is your wedding venue. For a garden wedding, you can choose from quite a few popular outdoor venue types including a botanical garden or park, a mansion, country club or hotel with manicured grounds, a greenhouse, a floral-filled restaurant patio or the backyard.
Alternatively, if you're working with a blank slate indoors like a banquet hall or warehouse venue, you can go the garden-themed wedding route and decorate the space with lots of floral and greenery details.
Next task you’ll need to tackle is sorting out your wedding stationery. We suggest going with a floral design for your save the date cards, menus and more to make your garden theme really hit home.
If the forecast is looking bright for your wedding day, you may want to invest in a few parasols for you and your guests. This is especially key if you’re not having your ceremony or reception under the shade of a tent - you don’t want anyone getting a sunburn!
Nothing’s worse than having your heels dig into the grass, so opt for flat shoes or chunky heels and ask your bridesmaids to do the same.
Give your bridal ensemble some flowery festival vibes by adding a halo of blooms. If you want to go the extra mile, ask your VIPs to wear ‘em, too (they look adorable on flower girls).
Larger than life bouquet
A garden wedding calls for an impressive bouquet. Stack your handheld arrangement with all your favourite blossoms so that it really stands out.
Liberty of London prints
Give your ‘I dos’ a bit of extra flower power by decking your wedding arch out with flowers. You can use real blooms or go with faux dupes to make the project a little more affordable.
If Kim and Kanye are your version of #couplegoals, you need a floral wall like theirs at your wedding. No, you probably won’t be able to afford a giant backdrop filled with white roses but you can create something similar.
Use pampas grass to complement flowers and greenery for a feathery accents. It can be used to decorate a wedding arch, your wedding cake and more. Bonus: we've got 18 Creative Ways to Use Pampas Grass in Your Wedding Decor.
Amp up the fun factor of your wedding reception by adding some wedding lawn games to your itinerary. Giant Jenga, cornhole and croquet are all great options.
You’ve got the flora covered, but what about the fauna? Add a few animal accents, like these cute ceramic bunnies, to your event space to give it even more personality.
For your ceremony and reception, consider hiring musicians to perform live and fill the air with sweet melodies.
Gardening staples like wheelbarrows and watering cans can easily be repurposed for your wedding to hold decor and drinks. You can use your own or rent them from a garden emporium - they’re pretty inexpensive and look awesome.
Speaking of tea, you’ll want plenty of it at your wedding (regardless of if you’re going the scone and sandwich route). We recommend building an iced tea bar and maybe even offering a few spiked options.
Details make all the difference! Stock your wedding bar with fun drink garnishes and patterned straws, like these.
Garden smash cocktail
Ask your bartender to come up with a signature cocktail inspired by your garden wedding theme. Herbs, cucumbers, edible flowers and berries are all possible ingredients and garnishes.
Though your flowers will probably steal the decor spotlight, you don’t have to to go 100% floral. Add some modern elements with geometric accents on your tables and around your venue.
Green chair decor
Give your ceremony or reception chairs the garden treatment by decking them out with strands of greenery. Pro tip: if you’re hosting a lot of people, you can use faux greenery to bring down the cost.
Creative menu displays
If you really want to play off your garden wedding theme, go with a plant-based menu. Stack your menu with salads filled with fresh, local produce and drool-worthy dishes like stuffed peppers and palm heart crab cakes.
Ask your baker to decorate your wedding cake with colourful blooms. They can be real or crafted from fondant or buttercream - both look amazing, so you really can’t go wrong.
A tray of elaborately decorated floral cupcakes are perfect for a dessert display or as a dessert for each of your guests at a microwedding.
Plants and seeds are other tried and true favour ideas for garden weddings. Both are relatively inexpensive.
Mini lavender bouquets
Or, send guests home with a small bouquet of fragrant lavender.
Instead of creating elaborate tablescapes with luxurious linens and runners, go with picnic tables. With the right centrepieces, they can look extra chic and wedding appropriate.
Skip using patio furniture for your lounge and bring the inside out. Plush sofas and chairs, a few decorative pillows and some vintage accents will take your garden space to the next level.
Fairy lights fit with just about every wedding theme, but they’re absolutely essential if you’re throwing an outdoor wedding. Why? Well, when night falls you’ll need something to illuminate your garden wedding space, and a few strands of these go a long way (not to mention, they look amazing).
For an evening reception, these cocktail tables with underlighting sprinkled throughout the reception space are simply magical.
Looking for wedding centrepieces that are a little more interesting than your average vases of flowers? Go with terrariums. They look absolutely stunning against a garden backdrop and can be repurposed as favours or home decor when your wedding is done.
Hiring an artist to paint your wedding ceremony is a great way to entertain your guests while creating a piece of art that captures the beauty of your garden wedding for you to hang on your wall.
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